Rampart High Schools Broadcasting Program KRAM is adding to its stacks of awards. Recently bringing home the 2018 Best Overall School Broadcast Award from the National Federation of State High School Associations. This compliments its 2016 Best Original Programming Award.
“The NFHS Network is our live broadcast provider, and so we submitted a little demo reel of the things we do and why we do it, and judging by the demo reel and all the stuff we had on their site, they selected us as the best overall broadcasting program in the nation,” said Patrick Moring, KRAM program adviser.
Winning this award is no easy feat, as there are more than 19,000 high schools who are members of the NFHS network across all 50 states. The award was a true team effort with students covering more than 100 events during the school year.
“It’s super awesome that we won this award, and it’s just crazy how much we’ve grown as a program and trying to not overlook any parts of just any of the sports, or classes we have, or even the assemblies making sure that we have every part and I just, it means a lot to me,” said Sarah Tomovich, Rampart senior.
“They were pretty excited, honestly when we had our film festival at the end of the year all the seniors got on the stage and actually just a bunch of the leadership and they held it up and they took this huge group picture of them just all kind of like in the hero pose holding the award above their head, and it was a pretty magical moment because I think it kind of crystallized their feelings of, hey we did something really cool,” said Moring.
Currently nearly 150 students participate in the program, founded more than a decade ago. There are six different classes offered, including, but not limited to: Live Sports Broadcasting, Electronic Media and an IB Film course offered to juniors and seniors.
“What I like most about KRAM is just the environment, it’s just such a nice positive environment to be in, Mr. Moring our teacher is super awesome and caring and everyone just wants to help each other out, and I really enjoy that,” said Tomovich.
The KRAM students choose their own story topics including sporting events, talent shows, multi-cultural events and pep rallies. They are also in charge of the yearly, and largely successful, Bald for Bucks campaign raising money for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.
“I just want to point out it’s a student run program I mean I cannot speak more highly than to say the students really make this worthwhile and because of their ownership, that’s why we got the award,” said Moring.